UFC 253: Khabib Nurmagomedov corners teammate Zubaira Tukhugov in Abu Dhabi
UFC lightweight champion preparing for octagon return
Khabib Nurmagomedov was at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as he cornered teammate Zubaira Tukhugov in his main-card bout against Hakeem Dawodu.
The UFC lightweight champion, who returns to the octagon at UFC 254 on October 24 on Yas Island, watched on as Tukhugov lost via a split decision at Flash Forum.
The Russian seemed to take the opening two rounds, although his opponent ramped up the pressure in the closing stages and did enough to convince the judges. UFC 253 opened "Return to Fight Island", the promotion’s second UFC residency in the capital.
Nurmagomedov brings down the curtain on the five-event run next month, when he takes on interim title-holder Justin Gaethje in the headline bout.
The Dagestan native, unbeaten in all 28 professional mixed martial arts fights, has not fought since September last year, when he defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. That bout also took place in Abu Dhabi.
Updated: September 27, 2020 08:14 AM